Patriot or Traitor

Robert E. Lee Civic authorities recently removed statues of Robert E. Lee from Monument Avenue in Richmond and from a memorial park in Charlottesville.  Many people hailed this move as only fitting.  After all, Lee was a slaveholder, and he was a traitor to the United States.  His actions led to the death of many […]

Orton Plantation

Not far from where I lived as a boy was beautiful Orton Plantation.  It fits almost everyone’s image of a prototypical antebellum southern mansion.  It is located on the west side of the Cape Fear River about seven miles downriver from Wilmington. The first home at Orton was built in 1725, but it was destroyed […]


Some Democrat Party leaders, are calling for reparations to help atone for the evils of slavery and eliminate the wealth gap between White and Black Americans. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told The Washington Post that he supports studying how reparations could be part of larger efforts to address systemic racism. Biden’s running mate, California Sen. […]

Bill Maher and Jesus

Bill Maher recently poked satirical jibes against Jesus Christ for His failure to condemn slavery. Jesus was obviously not Woke. Slavery was endemic in the era in which Jesus lived, but I might point out that Jesus also failed to specifically condemn infanticide, pederasty, and wife beating along with a host of other human sins. […]


  As I watched the Confederate statues come down I had the following thoughts. It is difficult for us to appreciate the perspective of our forefathers. With our modern sensitivities we are often prone to denounce them for behavior that their contemporaries may have considered normal or perhaps even worthy of praise. It is also […]

The unHappy Plantation

Slavery has existed since the beginning of recorded history.  The great civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome were built on a foundation of slave labor, and slavery continued to exist in various parts of the world until the modern era. The African slave trade was a very profitable business, and many nations and peoples reaped […]

Race and Racism in America

What is the truth about race and racism in America? It is a difficult subject, and an honest, in-depth discussion of the issue is usually avoided.  Former Attorney General Eric Holder accused us of being a “nation of cowards” for our avoidance of a frank discussion of race in America. Perhaps he was right. Each […]